From the Word Wizard Club...
January 8, 2007

Congratulations, Kids! You've completed learning the next round of vocabulary words, and now it's time to review.

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bulge

Which Means:

To puff out or become bigger than normal in one area.

As In:

Image Santa Claus' red bag bulged because there were so many gifts for children!!

Heads Up!

Bulge can also be a noun, as in his sack had several bulges because of all the gifts.

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pesky

Which Means:

Bothersome, annoying.

As In:

Image Vera thought her younger brother was sometimes pesky, but she still loved him.

Heads Up!

Remember to replace the Y with I when you add suffixes to this word: peskier and peskiest.

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favor

Which Means:

Something you do for another person without expecting anything in return.

As In:

Image The elderly woman asked the nurse a favor: to help her down the hallway to her room.

Heads Up!

This word sounds like flavor and is spelled the same except for the L after the F.

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plunge

Which Means:

The act of thrusting into, rushing forward into something.

As In:

Image The swimmer plunged into the water several times before she got it perfect.

Heads Up!

The silent E on the end of this word makes the G soft so that it sounds like J.

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quidnunc

Which Means:

A nosy or gossipy person.

As In:

Image If you wanted to know anything about anyone, you just had to ask my Uncle Bill, the quidnunc in my family.

Heads Up!

The qu at the beginning of a word has a KW sound. At the end of a word it has a K sound, as in unique.

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interpret

Which Means:

To understand or explain a concept or information.

As In:

Image Carrie read the paragraph over and over to see if she had interpreted it correctly.

Heads Up!

There is no vowel between the P and R in interpret.

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quench

Which Means:

To extinguish, to put out, to end.

As In:

Image When Sam is thirsty in the summer, the only thing that will quench his thirst is a glass of water.

Heads Up!

The qu at the beginning of a word has a KW sound. At the end of a word it is only a K sound, as in unique.

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fetch

Which Means:

To go and get something.

As In:

Image The man was teaching his dog to fetch the paper.

Heads Up!

It is easy to forget that there is a T before the CH in this word. But I know you won't!

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buzz

Which Means:

To make a sound like a bee.

As In:

Image The fireflies buzzed around in the jar.

Heads Up!

This is one of those fun words that sounds like its meaning and has two Zs.

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cockamamie

Which Means:

Crazy, having no value or sense, silly.

As In:

Image Tracy wore a such a cockamamie costume to the party, and everyone thought she was adorable.

Heads Up!

Remember that this word ends on -IE and NOT Y!

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